In the ecosystem of people and companies that are helping to create the food companies of tomorrow, the Dutch financial institution Rabobank is playing a growing role. This centuries-old institution founded on helping Dutch farmers finance their cow herds, tulip greenhouses and drainage dykes, has become a model for innovation, partnering with organizations like the Boulder Food Group and Food+Tech Connect to find disruptive and delicious food and drink start-ups. Rabobank then uses their specialized resources to get these start-ups the advice, revenue models and capital to succeed.
Their FoodBytes pitch competitions are a hallmark of the work, and since they started in 2015, more than 900 companies from around the world have applied. The next one is coming to the city next Thursday, June 15 (get 20% off the full ticket price with the code EDIBLE at checkout), and we recently caught up with their North American head of operations, Rajiv Singh, to learn more about the bank, why they are bullish on food- and agtech companies, and why FoodBytes is a can’t-miss for investors, inventors and start-ups in this space.